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“Ireland’s sustained economic growth and prosperity depends upon continually attracting and investing in Ireland’s young intellectual talent” - Lenihan

Minister Conor Lenihan announces 10 SFI/Dell ‘Young Women in Engineering’ Scholarship Awards

Mr Conor Lenihan TD, Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation today (Wednesday 25th November 2009) announced the winners of the 2009 Science Foundation Ireland/Dell Young Women in Engineering Scholarship Awards.

Announcing and congratulating the ten winners Minister Lenihan saidThe Government is committed to economic recovery by making Ireland’s smart economy real. This is about better jobs, higher productivity and increased competiveness. The smart economy will require more engineers in all disciplines. ”

The Minister added that “These awards play an invaluable role in helping to raise the profile of engineering among women to encourage wider female participation within the profession in Ireland. Considering the impact of science and technology on society, it is essential that women contribute to, and bring the perspective of women to the design and development of future production and innovation.”

As with the 3 previous years of its operation, 10 awards in total were made with the overall value of the SFI/DELL Scholarship award per student amounting to approximately ¤20,000. The aim of the SFI/DELL Scholarship Awards is to encourage more female students into engineering as an undergraduate degree and future career.

The scholarship package comprises an annual award of ¤2,000, a Dell notebook computer, together with the assistance and support of a research active mentor throughout their undergraduate career and the opportunity to spend summer months in a research internship in university or industry.

Ms Fiona McCarthy, Director HR, Dell Global Operations said:“One of the reasons for Dell’s success as a company globally is that we have a diverse workforce to meets the needs of our extremely diverse customer base. It is incredibly important that women continue to enter disciplines like engineering, science and technology because if Ireland is truly to develop as a Smart Economy, we need the people working in it to represent different backgrounds, disciplines, ethnicities and sexes. I congratulate the graduates today who are role models for girls at school who are thinking now about what they want to study and I would strongly encourage them to consider careers in science, technology and engineering.”

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For further information, contact:

Alva O'Cleirigh, Communications Manager Science Foundation Ireland 01 607 3249.

Note for Editors

2009 SFI/Dell Scholars List:

Student Name

School

University

Degree

Triona Byrne

St Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, Co Kildare

Trinity College Dublin

TR032 - Engineering

Deirdre Doody

Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co. Cork

University College Cork

CK603 – Energy Engineering

Clare Dunne

Patrician College, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

University College Cork

CK603 – Energy Engineering

Fiona Edwards-Murphy

Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co. Cork

University College Cork

CK650 – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Helen Fletcher

Dominican College, Dublin 4

Trinity College Dublin

TR032 - Engineering

Clíona Flood

Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

National University of Ireland, Galway

GY401- Engineering (Undenominated)

Kate Gillen

Manor House School, Dublin 5

Trinity College Dublin

TR032 - Engineering

Fiona Malone

Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill, Co. Tipperary

University of Limerick

LM071 – Biomedical Engineering

Anne O’Connor

Loreto College, Dublin 18

University College Dublin

DN080, Engineering Science*

Rhoda Wade

Loreto College, Dublin 18

University College Dublin

DN077 – Engineering (Undenominated)

This is the fourth year of the SFI/DELL agreement to provide 10 scholarships annually to women starting designated four-year engineering degree programmes in third-level institutions in Ireland. The designated courses are among those where women have traditionally been under-represented at the undergraduate level. The universities have supported the programme through the mentors working with each of the Scholars, providing them with a key contact within the faculty.

This year SFI received 58 eligible applications compared with the 46 eligible applications received for the 2008 competition. Each application consisted of an applicant CV, a personal statement from the applicant outlining her reasons for pursuing an engineering degree, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school principal. The applications spanned a broad spectrum in terms of ability, experience and focus on career choice.

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Last modified: 25/11/2009

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